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09 December 2006 @ 02:36 pm
Smallville 6.09 Subterranean  

Aieeeeee!!! I love you Lex!!! Oh how I love it when he gets his villain on! *fans self* That last sequence was smokin'! I adore seeing inside level 33.1. Oh, Lex! *loves* It was so gloriously OTT--his swagger, the music, the outstretched hands... the inhabitants are all at Lex's mercy, and he's not giving them a drop. (The sequence did make me wonder, though, how Level 33.1 has changed over the years, because when Lex took Myx there I doubt it was as scary looking as this--surely Myx would have bolted if that were the case... *ponders*)

Before I write any further about this episode let me say upfront that part of me was hanging my head in my hands at the hideous racial stereotyping and the ridiculously bad Spanish. However, this is Smallville... so, I'll suck it up and take what I can from it. I actually liked this episode quite a lot in a low-key kind of way. It was a surprise to have a return to a meteor freak episode, and it certainly wasn't a high-adrenalin ep for the last ep before hiatus, but there's some interesting stuff going on here...

Illegal alien
Personally I adored the fact that they've (finally!) articulated the parallels between Clark and illegal immigrants. And I love it ten times over because Clark made the connection. Oh, that darling boy! How he has grown! His empathy for Javier was spontaneous and instinctive and built on a real sense of similarity. Until Javier related his story, Clark was going to act in his usual way and call in the authorities. But Javier's story resonates with Clark: like Clark, Javier was sent away from his home to a new land. He was supposed to connect with his parent, but ended up in a situation where he was abused instead. I'm sure Clark feels that his own story could have been similar, had the Kents not found him but somebody else. Increasing the similarities between them is the fact that Javier's father has died. Clark really connects with the fact that his mother must miss him. This also show's that Clark's personal morality is built on compassion for individuals. He upholds the law because he's been taught to trust the law by the Kents, but when it comes to a choice, he puts his loyalty to personal relationships first. That's interesting, and I like it, but I wonder what it means for him as Superman.

Clark also has a self-sacrificing mother and I adored their heated exchange about what to do about Javier. I loved Clark's 'I thought you of all people would understand'. Because Martha is a compassionate woman, even in politics, as we see in the brief phone call discussing classrooms versus budgets. However, she's also a public figure, and I was not at all surprised to hear her argue passionately for calling the authorities. I loved that Clark brought his A-game arguing skills to bear in pointing out the parallels between himself and Javier. And I love 'if I don't protect him, who will?' as Clark's ethos. He really was my hero in this ep!

I had issues, naturally, with the convenient loophole that somehow allowed Martha to get Javier and his mother legal status--and the fact that they were treated as 'extraordinary'. However, I recognise the limitations on such a mainstream network tv show: they could hardly show Martha setting out to overturn the entire US immigration system. However, this does show a problem with Clark's personal approach--it's haphazard and not necessarily directed at the most deserving, just those that stumble across his path.

I got the sense that Javier trusted him innately, that they had a very real connection. They're starting to show Clark has having the sort of compassionate authority that makes people trust him and respond to him without even knowing why. And Clark returns that trust. His smile when Javier says 'I've become an expert at keeping secrets' suggests that Clark believes him--after all, their situations are so similar. And when Clark breaks the news about Francisco, we know he sees himself in Javier's reaction because he says 'I've lost people close to me too'.

Subterranean subtext
The Clex is buried these days--we've got to look beneath the surface to see it. But I was interested to see Clexian echoes in this ep. This is the second time this season that we've had a FoTW episode with two male friends, one of whom dies. In the first instance we didn't get to see the boy's emotional response to that death, but this episode went far further. (And we've also had Reunion, in which we learnt of Lex's youthful friendship with Duncan, an echo of his later relationship with Clark.) It's an interesting shift from the earlier seasons where the deaths caused by meteor freaks were principally those of their parents. This shift parallels a shift within Clark. In the earlier seasons it was his absent parents that he had not come to terms with emotionally. But now we see a mature Clark who's handled both Jonathan's death and taken on Jor-El's legacy. But there's still an unresolved, denied pain in Clark's life--and that's the loss of Lex as best friend.

Forgive me, but I found Javier and Fernando ridiculously slashy. Unlike Clark at fourteen, they actually looked their age, so apologies for kiddy-slashing them! Javier appeals to Francisco: they've known each other all their lives, he's never let him down, he can trust him, he's 'like a brother'. It's not quite on the scale of an appeal to destiny, but it's pretty grandiose. Yet Francisco dies and Javier feels responsible. He couldn't control it, but he feels as if there was something that he could have done--if only he'd given him his mother's necklace/good luck charm... I see an echo of Clex here because I wonder if that's how Clark feels: if only he had done something different, if only he'd offered more to Lex, if only they could have traded places... No, Lex is not dead. But he is lost to Clark, and I think it's interesting to explore what the FoTW stories say about that.

The scene between Clark and Lex was also interesting. As soon as Lana's out of the building, we suddenly get both the Romeo-Juliet balcony set up, and Clark and Lex facing each other in front of the fire again. (Oh, boys!) Of course, they're all pissy at each other, but the undercurrent's still there. Lex's 'did I swat a fly with too much force?' cracked me up. And this was such a classic exchange between them--partly because we learnt that Lex really didn't know about the murders until later. I love it when they're both right.

In similar fashion, the Clana scene later on played well because both Clark and Lana had a good case. Clark is close to the truth in suggesting that the concern for the workers masks a darker truth, and in the implication that Lana is being played. But Lana did come up with this plan independently (that's what's so brilliant about it), so she's also indignant for a reason.

Calculation and strategy
One week I hate it, the next I love it... again, forgive me, but I found the Lexana in this episode brilliant. I love that she hasn't said yes to him. That's so great! I love that she's insomniac and fretting about it. It shows that the Lexana relationship is one of tension--between sweeping romance and effusive declarations on the one hand, and fear, doubt and suspicion on the other. I also loved Lex's speech about usually being more calculated and strategic. HA! As if his proposal was not calculated?!! Hell, you don't whip up a room like that in 30 seconds! (Or maybe your minions do...) At one level, though, it's true that Lex was impulsive in his declarations Static. Therefore this scene worked really well for me. Lex is at once honest and multilayered. And I like that he admits he's calculated to Lana and lets her see exactly how he's 'playing' her with the trip to Amsterdam. (Nice!) Telling her that she can have as long as she wants to decide, telling her he almost wishes he could take it back... also the perfect things to tell Lana at this point in time. I loved their exchange: 'Nice strategy, boss!' 'Only if it works!' It shows how Lex has created a situation in which Lana feels she's open-eyed about the relationship but she doesn't see the full level of the manipulation (Lex's expression in the hug that followed!). But it also shows that Lana retains some power--the power to walk away.

Of course, she doesn't walk away... it really seems as if Lana is turning into the typical charity-running billionaire's wife. And what's fascinating about that is the way in which it provides a smokescreen for Lex's activities. Lana herself is genuine: she wants to help others. That just makes the cover all the more effective. I loved Lex's expression when Lana articulated that money is power: he's trying to read her, trying to see how far down this journey he is. Power hasn't corrupted Lana... yet, but that doesn't mean that this won't work to Lex's advantage.

Define boyfriend
Oh, Jimmy! You are so funny! He's so embarrassing it's amusing. His little 'showdown' with Clark was hysterical, especially Chloe's facial expressions. It's interesting though that she's still awkward calling him her boyfriend, while Jimmy just loves dropping 'my girl'. Aside: did the Chlarkers really plague TPTB so badly they had to textualise 'that ship's firmly at anchor'?! WOW, that's harsh! Personally I don't mind because I love Chloe and Clark as friends far better than any potential relationship between them, and I'm greatly reassured that this will continue. However, I worry for Chloe's relationship. Jimmy's a good guy, even if he is a little cringe-enducing, and I'd like to see her comfortable with that.

Ok, now I want more Villain!Lex!! *bounces*
 
 
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i was always like thisbionic on December 9th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
I thought Javier and Francisco were slashy too. When Javier took out his necklace and was all, "I should've given this to him...." sad-face, I thought omg he should so profess his love for him now. Hehe. It was the perfect set up for it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Pretty please clarkbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
Riiiight! I'm so glad I wasn't the only one seeing the insane slashy there. And I loved how there was that hint that Javier had transferred his affections to Clark 'mysterious older man that exacts revenge for my lover's death'... Mmmmm....
tasabiantasabian on December 9th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
I completely agree with you about Javier and Francisco - they came across like sweet teenagers in love & I think the writer and director intended that to be a possible reading.

Love your reading of the Clex scene! (And loved how the boys briefly circled each other like angry kitties, something they've also done in "Vessel" and "Splinter.")

I'm less charitable than you about Lana though. She's twenty years old and "Power is money" is a new idea to her? What a colossal dumb-ass!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex villainbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
they came across like sweet teenagers in love & I think the writer and director intended that to be a possible reading
I think so too, and they were sweet!

the boys briefly circled each other like angry kitties, something they've also done in "Vessel" and "Splinter."
Ohh, yes! The circling! Nicely spotted! I hope all this is leading up to a big Clexian confrontation in the latter half of this season. I want more snarling!

She's twenty years old and "Power is money" is a new idea to her? What a colossal dumb-ass!
Oh, the line made me laugh (a lot) but yes, that's Lana for you... naivety is part of her make-up.
immal0serbabyimmal0serbaby on December 9th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
I love Jimmy! "you're my bro, not my fro!" and I love how he's declared Chloe his. Its about time! (I relate to her so well, I find myself rooting for her.. I need a boy!!) But I thought the ship thing was funny and I overall love every Jimmy/Chloe line. haha.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, Jimmy and Chloe are adorable. I really hope it works out with them, because Chloe needs a lovely boy. I like that she's a little commitment phobic with him though--she's such a real character, easy to relate to, and she's still working out what she wants from a relationship. Jimmy makes her laugh, and I think that's a really good thing.
immal0serbabyimmal0serbaby on December 9th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
I can relate to Chloe so well! I am her! Unrequited love. Need a boy to make me laugh. Total commitment-phobe. Maybe thats why I love Jimmy so much! He is funny though. And totally jumps to conclusions. lol.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Erica gorgeousnessbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Well when I was your age I was just the same, but now I have a boy that makes me laugh (and sometimes cringe), so do not fret! (Though that NEVER made me feel any better at the time--I was the queen of unrequited love!) The jumping to conclusions was adorable because I think we've all done it at one time or another, and he did it to such an extreme extent! Oh, Jimmy!
immal0serbabyimmal0serbaby on December 9th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm only 20 and I haven't had a boyfriend in 5 years.. and even then, you could hardly call him a boyfriend. Alas. Oh, Jimmy! Thats my new favorite saying.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Mebop_radar on December 9th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
I didn't have a boyfriend until I was 21. :-) And my boyfriend didn't have a girlfriend until he was 27! And it's a total myth that makes either of us less capable of a healthy relationship because we haven't had the 'practice' or whatever (I used to buy into that). Chin up, young one! ;-)
immal0serbabyimmal0serbaby on December 9th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
I too buy into that. I also buy into the fact that no guy will want me for that reason. Ugh. Society!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliver handstandbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Ugh, society, indeed! It is all their fault. False expectations that they set up. It's totally rubbish. I seriously thought there was something absolutely and irrevocably 'wrong' with me that I didn't have a relationship yet. It consumed me thinking about it. I wish I could go back and comfort that younger me... because I sure wasted a lot of energy fretting. But it's very hard when the world around you tells you you're not 'normal'. But it DOES get easier as you get older to ignore the world and be yourself.
immal0serbabyimmal0serbaby on December 11th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
Ah can't wait for that. I am in desperate need of finding a Jimmy to satisfy my Chloe tendencies. =D Love your icon.
anna: lexsnarkist on December 9th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Omg, yes, the final scene? ROCKED. Part of me is usually like, "No, I'm not ready for Lex to be evil!" But then, when they actually show scenes where he's downright bad, I'm like, LOVE. I think I just don't like it when TPTB make him all kind of wishy-washy half-ass ebil.

Also, yeah, I wonder if 33.1 used to look more like a hospital, so he could sort of convince other meteor mutants that he was trying to help. But now, it's probably just an outright prison, what with having to move it after it's possible discovery, and Lex isn't trying as hard to hide the fact that he is just not a nice guy anymore. Which is, you know, HOT.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex torturebop_radar on December 9th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I think I just don't like it when TPTB make him all kind of wishy-washy half-ass ebil.
Yup, that's the same for me. I reached a point with Lex where he'd had so much shit heaped on him, so many terrible things happen to him, that I was going to be at least half on his side whenever he broke lose with the evil... I just needed him to do it more decisively and permanently than on the show. They're just dragging it out for the long seasons... but it's SUPER hot when he finally does go bad! Damn, he's the sexiest villain around! I rewound that scene three times already...

The transition of 33.1 from a place of nurture (on the surface at least) to one of torture/imprisonment works really well for me, because, as you say, Lex isn't hiding the fact that he's not a nice guy anymore. More accurately, he's not hiding that from HIMSELF. Which, yes, is HOT HOT HOT! *fans self* And it also makes me long for the moment when he shows this to Clark and says, so, uh, want me to torture you some?! *raised eyebrow*

Note that my icon needs to be changed to include 'except when it's HOT!!!' ;-)
Jenny: wickedladydreamer on December 9th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I definitely thought slash with Javier and Fransciso. He was bringing his boyfriend to meet his mom.

As soon as Lana's out of the building, we suddenly get both the Romeo-Juliet balcony set up, and Clark and Lex facing each other in front of the fire again.
Lol. God they really are star-crossed lovers.

I'm so glad Lex is finally getting his evol on. The ep was eh for me but that last scene ZOMG LEX!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex villainbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Yup, the last scene redeemed a pretty blah ep. Villain!Lex!!! *parties* Man, he can swagger! ;-) I want more, I want more!
Jenny: modiconladydreamer on December 9th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I was afraid they'd electroshocked that swishy walk right out of him! Good to see he was keeping safe for a good cause.

Lex has been through so much with so little support, I'm kind of happy to see him just own his evil. Kick ass and take names, Lex. (Then have some hatesex with Superman.)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lexpornbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
He's bringing sexy-swishy-walk back! ;-)

Yeah, I feel that too--that he's been through so much I'm kind of happy for him to own his evil. He can't own much else, and evil never looked so good... especially when it's all a big FUCK YOU Valentine to Clark!
serenography: CKwhiteTserenography on December 9th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
You always make me think so much harder than I normally would about an ep. LOL.. but that's a good thing, I guess.
I thought a lot about this episode was choppy, but there were several elements that still made it worthy to watch. Clark in the white t-shirt, 'nuff said. *drools*
The closing scene with the patented Lex swagger, and that look on his face! omg.. I was ecstatic.
And of course I loved the Clana scene, especially because there wasn't a drop of angst.. just honest confrontation and anger.
Jimmy is a riot.. and I honestly smile along with Chloe when she's got her big beaming smile on. She's never glowed so prettily as she does when Jimmy is adoring her. I know that some Chlarkers are still incensed about the Chimmy situation, but I'm so happy for her. She is finally really getting the love that she deserves.

But yeah.. that white t-shirt... Oy. *fanning*
serenography: CKwhiteTserenography on December 9th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh.. forgot to add that I realize some of the choppiness and incongruities (6 foot cornstalks in winter?), are because of this ep being shown out of order. I can live with the cornstalks, the often lame dialogue is a little harder though.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: SV phallic symbolsbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
It was shown out of order?! What the...? I'm confused... I didn't know that. That seems very lame of them.

I just rode with the incongruities because I feel I've seen it all before where SV's concerned. Ditto the lame dialogue, though it did seem circa Season 1 in its clunkiness.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW awight!bop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
there wasn't a drop of angst.. just honest confrontation and anger.
So true--I've enjoyed watching them evolve.

She's never glowed so prettily as she does when Jimmy is adoring her. I know that some Chlarkers are still incensed about the Chimmy situation, but I'm so happy for her. She is finally really getting the love that she deserves.
I'm with you. I think Jimmy's marvelous for her. I think she deserves to be the one put on the pedestal for once, instead of being Clark's cheersquad. In the friendship that's ok, but as the basis for a relationship it makes me a little uncomfortable. Jimmy's out to please her, and while he does so in a cutely bumbly fashion, I honestly think he's got a heart of gold and is good for her.

White t-shirt! Yes! It returns! Woot!
CapnZebbie: stalkerkittycapnzebbie on December 9th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
I always love your episode commentaries. This is the first comment on my flist that actually made me want to see the episode out of something other than duty! (I had to work, so it's waiting for me on tape) I think your comments will help me to see the positive in the episode.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
Hee! It was a pretty blah episode, but there's some good moments. If it gets boring, fast forward to the last couple of mins--they are GOLD!
Nora Norwich: Lexana lyingnorwich36 on December 9th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
See, the fact that she actually says "that ship's firmly at anchor" actually makes me *suspect* that they're heading toward Chlark--especially when combined with Jimmy's uneasiness around Clark and Chloe's reluctance to say that Jimmy is her boyfriend. I didn't think they were going there, but now I do.

I think you got a lot more out of this episode than most people. While I agree that Clark had cause to sympathize with an illegal alien (and for heaven's sake, they might as well have just used that language! it certainly makes the parallel more clear), I was cringing so hard at how bad SV is when it tries to do politics I couldn't stand it.

I actually thought the Clexian parallel was less Javier and his friend as it was the farmer and Jonathan. Clark couldn't believe that the man his dad used to go fishing with turned to slavery and mass murder--in the same ep that we see Lex is holding god knows how many people in captivity.

I agree with you about Javier and his friend, though--they were cute together, and I was said that his friend was actually dead. For some reason I was expecting some sort of underground holding facility or something. And I also agree with you about Lexana, about the layers to Lex's manipulations, especially.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
the fact that she actually says "that ship's firmly at anchor" actually makes me *suspect* that they're heading toward Chlark
Yes, I'm actually laughing at myself now because for the first time in SV's history I took the text at face value. HUAHAHAHA how stupid of me!!

I was cringing so hard at how bad SV is when it tries to do politics I couldn't stand it.
I was cringing too. It was hard to overcome.

Clark couldn't believe that the man his dad used to go fishing with turned to slavery and mass murder--in the same ep that we see Lex is holding god knows how many people in captivity.
Mmm. that's interesting, yes I was coming at it from a different angle. I am fascinated by the male-friend-dies theme developing in this season. It's so new for SV.

Still, not that much to get out of the ep. Meh. Fingers crossed for next year.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on December 9th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
It was no Lexmas (which I believe was the ep before hiatus last year), that's for sure.

The previews for the next episode look AWESOME, though.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
Really? Really?! *bounces*
That makes me happy.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on December 9th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
I loved this,and I haven't a ton to add because I completely agree with everything you said. I know people were a bit bored, but I welcomed the change of pace, it was very old -school Smallville, and it was nice to see Clark front and center, showcasing all of his best qualities. And good god was he pretty in this ep, the sun really does love him.

A few people mentioned Martha's reaction to finding Javier out of character, but I thought it was good they showed what affect her new political career has on her, and they;ve always been ones to uphold the law, and I love that it was CLark, her own personal illegal alien that made her come around in the end, and she tried to create her own compromise by trying to get them legal status.

Did I mention how pretty Clark is..sorry I digress, lol, oh yes, the clex, well I'd almost started to think Lex was straight, then bam! Clark walks in and the swanning around is back in full force! And you're right, it was nice that they were both right. I do love them in a room together, and their arguments are still passionate ones.

As far as the episode placement, I think originally it was to air right in the middle of the Oliver eps, and they moved it, probably to keep level 33.1 fresh, and its a nice segue-way to the next group of eps, which will deal mainly with 33.1.

Thanks as always for making the ep even more enjoyable! *runs off to look at pretty some more*
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on December 9th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh! I forgot to add that I like that Clark pretty much called Lana a puppet, and on some level she is, and maybe its just me reaching, but seeing thats how he views her, I can understand why even though he loves her, he never fully trusted her, if he thinks she can be so easily swayed...and I'm not sure he's entirely wrong about that, which is working to Lex's advantage as you mentioned. I don't like the Lexana, but for purely personal reasons, but it wasn't as maddening as it was last time (oh static, you nearly killed me) I'd rather see Lex calculating where Lana is concerned and not all mushy, because blech!

Villain Lex rocks btw:)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tom's backbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Static was dreadful. Let us not speak of it. But Lex being calculated is sexy as all get out, and personally I get a kick out of seeing Lana find it so. She was obviously turned on despite herself, and as that's kind of how I feel as a viewer, I can ride with the Lexana when it's like that! ;-)

And that's an interesting point about Clark calling her a puppet. It's possibly a stretch to say he's always seen her this way, however there have been signs of his doubt in her for some time now. And hints of it from Martha too. She doesn't have the steadfastness of Lois--and she needs someone to give her the life she wants--that makes her less dependable and more malleable. She's a compromiser. That's not necessarily a criticism--it's just who she is, and it makes her not suitable as a hero's partner. So yes, good call! That comment from Clark is a profound statement about how he views her: he's moved on a long way from guilting about their break up!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on December 9th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Lana is too easily manipulated into giving up the truth if you prey hard enough on her fear of losing someone she cares about if she doesn't disclose.
Yes, that was shown really well. I wouldn't trust Lana with a secret as huge as Clark's either, and it's interesting to see Clark still mulling over these issues regarding Lana post-break-up, since it will presumably help him have closure regarding her. I agree that Reckoning was a crucial turning point for Clark in terms of whether he should tell Lana or not.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
it was very old -school Smallville, and it was nice to see Clark front and center, showcasing all of his best qualities. And good god was he pretty in this ep, the sun really does love him.
*nods along* I really loved Clark in this ep, and since loving Clark (as opposed to rolling my eyes at, liking or having mixed feelings re. Clark) is still relatively new for me (I was originally a Lexian through and through), that was really enjoyable for me.

I thought it was good they showed what affect her new political career has on her, and they;ve always been ones to uphold the law, and I love that it was CLark, her own personal illegal alien that made her come around in the end, and she tried to create her own compromise by trying to get them legal status.
I didn't think it was out of character for her at all. I think it is just that this is the first time that her conservatism has been fully demonstrated: by foregrounding a political issue in which politics and big-picture thinking wars with the personal, the small-picture. The fact is that the Kents have always pushed a law-abiding line, they've taught Clark not to question authority--when in fact spontaneously he has a more personal approach to morality. And I also think that Martha's naive if she thinks that it's easy to be compassionate in politics--so I was glad to see her being not naive about this. People would have complained if she'd taken Clark's side immediately! And it provoked that wonderful exchange with Clark.

I'd almost started to think Lex was straight, then bam! Clark walks in and the swanning around is back in full force! And you're right, it was nice that they were both right. I do love them in a room together, and their arguments are still passionate ones.
Oh, the swanning! I swoon for it! *loves on them*
Fleegull: Shippersfleegull on December 9th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I really liked this episode too, even though the kid couldn't speak Spanish for shit he was adorable. And the second you put Clark with kids it's all over for me because Welling is at his best and most *beaming* when he is with kids.

The Lexana stuff was working for me big time. I get the feeling that Lex is always thinking to himself "I've got a do gooder here. How in the hell can I wear her down?". I get a feeling that Lex is desperately trying to keep Lana away/distracted until the baby is born and will then either let the kid occupy her time or (and this would be my pick) finally come clean about the meteor freaks he's hiding under the guise that he is building an army in case the Kryptonians return.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex villainbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
the second you put Clark with kids it's all over for me because Welling is at his best and most *beaming* when he is with kids.
He shines, doesn't he?! He was gorgeous with this kid--and those curls on the kid totally suckered me in.

I get the feeling that Lex is always thinking to himself "I've got a do gooder here. How in the hell can I wear her down?".
Ha! Yes! I got that feeling too (thanks, Rosenbaum!). The Lexana was amusing me greatly, and I agree with your speculation--that seems very likely. I really want Lex to come clean on the meteor freaks. An army to fight Kryptonians--wheee!! Oh, Lex!~
sarmoti: Exclamation!sarmoti on December 9th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
That last sequence was smokin'!

I'm just here to say...YES. I was only half-watching (I haven't seen much of this season because of schedules and also I apparently don't care enough anymore) but that ending certainly got my attention. He's such a ROCKSTAR.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Heeee! He is, he is! I want him to break loose with that stuff ALL THE TIME. It would be hellishly more fun if he did. I really do think it's time... I've enjoyed the Oliver, Clark and Lois stuff this season, but Lex has been 'meh' for me, which is so unusual... until now! Fingers crossed this is the start of a new era of hotness villainy!
Diana: Clark Kentbutterfly on December 9th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
I adored Lex in this episode. He was such a villian (and yet didn't know about the killing that the guy was doing, so had a real edge of sincerity in his argument with Clark) and a very hot and kick-ass one. Clark was also really great in this episode, very compassionate and strong.

Chloe, on the other hand, was kinda odd. She missed Javier running off because she was busy flirting with her boyfriend, and you did notice how pointedly she used the word 'freak' this week? She laid a whole lot of emphasis on the particular word. I think that what Lionel said got to her a little, but instead of reconsidering the words she uses, she's acting defensive about it. And then questioning whether or not Jimmy was her boyfriend after calling him just that (the 'wayward boyfriend', I believe) in an earlier episode. Very odd.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're right! Chloe was odd. I did notice the emphasis of 'freak' but really didn't know what to make of it so thank you for fleshing that out. Yes, somethings pinging oddly about Chloe. Strange.

But Lex and Clark are both levelling up. Bring on the real confronation between them!!